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Marijuana grower faces life sentence

A Blairsville man faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole for growing marijuana on National Forest land.

Andrew N. Cox, 45, was convicted by a jury in U.S. District Court in Gainesville this week on charges of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana and attempting to manufacture marijuana, officials said.

November 23, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Deal: GOP in opposition mode

The 110th Congress appears headed toward a partisan close, with Senate Democrats backing legislation that would direct some of the money in the $700 billion Wall Street bailout to the auto industry, and the White House and Republicans saying help for automakers should not come from the rescue plan.

November 22, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Cleveland volunteers renovate building for free clinic

For months, a storefront on Cleveland's downtown square has had its doors painted with the message, "Coming soon: White County free clinic."

November 22, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Pioneering Camp Fire Girls leader Martha Hope dies

Martha Hope, who devoted much of her life to programs for girls of Northeast Georgia, has died following a period of declining health.

November 22, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


First woman to serve on Jefferson City Council dies

JEFFERSON - The first woman to serve on the Jefferson City Council passed away Monday.

November 22, 2008 | | Local


GBI investigates Jackson County inmate’s death

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Jackson County Sheriff's Department are both still investigating the hanging death of a Winder resident who died seven hours after being transported to the Jackson County Jail.

November 22, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


Ninth District Opportunity Inc. announces dates for 2009 Heating Program

The Georgia Department of Human Resources will help pay heating costs for natural gas, electricity, heating oil or liquid propane. One time payments will be made by checks issued to the home energy suppliers on behalf of eligible households.

November 22, 2008 | | Local


Some residents say annexation is just a bailout for Gainesville

Gainesville Mayor Myrtle Figueras tried to assure about 80 affected property owners Monday that a proposed annexation of their properties will eliminate confusion when it comes to emergency calls.

November 22, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Gainesville schools low on cash, might extend tax note to keep paying bills

The Gainesville school board is considering extending its current tax anticipation note because the school system has collected only 26.3 percent of expected revenues so far this year.

November 22, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Plans for mixed-retail development head to Oakwood City Council

OAKWOOD - The Oakwood Planning Commission gave its OK Monday night to rezonings and annexations for a proposed mixed-retail development that may someday feature a big-box anchor and high-rise hotel.

November 22, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Georgia Municipal Association worries about trauma care, taxes

COMMERCE - With the start of the 2009 legislative session just around the corner, Georgia Municipal Association officers are warning local officials to keep a watchful eye on state legislation.

November 22, 2008 | Brandee A. Thomas | Local


East Hall basketball team drives and dishes for Meals on Wheels

The East Hall High School boys basketball team took a break from school Tuesday morning to go as a team and deliver meals to senior citizens in Hall County with Meals on Wheels.

November 22, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Local


Banks-Jackson-Commerce Medical Center will leave the baby business

Banks-Jackson-Commerce (BJC) Medical Center has announced it will stop delivering babies as of Dec. 9.

November 22, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


2009 Gainesville water rates still uncertain

Hamrick said the council has asked Randall's staff to look at the feasibility of postponing a rate change or calculating a different rate increase.

Gainesville water customers may not know until next month what they will be paying for water and sewer in 2009.

November 22, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


South Hall home destroyed in Tuesday night blaze

Firefighters from four Hall County fire stations responded to a South Hall blaze that destroyed a home on Thompson Mill Road Tuesday night.

November 22, 2008 | | Local


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Broken Bonds: Group homes sometimes help teens needing foster care

October 18, 2014 | Jennifer Jacob Brown news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Broken Bonds: Abused girl saved by foster system

Sierra Downs does not remember the beating.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Gainesville man overcame abusive foster home

The model car lay shattered on the basement floor, its pieces scattered in every direction.

For weeks, a young Tod Peavy had tinkered and toiled and thought of nothing but this car. But his foster mother resented the red roadster. She hadn't given it to him. Instead, a holiday well-wisher purchased the present for an anonymous foster child, and caseworkers put the toy in the boy's hands for Christmas.

October 17, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Mom changes life to reunify with daughter

Lindsey Shubert dialed the numbers.

October 16, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Local


Broken Bonds: Family treatment court helps parents, children reconnect

Crystal Roughton hitchhiked to get to the Hall County Courthouse on time. After her newborn was taken at the hospital, Roughton had to get her baby back.

October 16, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Broken Bonds: Longtime foster parents share their stories

When Wendy Boswell said goodbye to her foster daughter last month, she literally ached with grief.

October 15, 2014 | Jennifer Jacob Brown news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Broken Bonds: DFCS caseworkers face obstacles

As she talks about the joys of working with foster children, Tyne Jackson can't help crying a little.

October 14, 2014 | Jennifer Jacob Brown news@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


Broken Bonds: What happens when children are removed from their home

The removal of a child often results in three types of trauma, according to Hall County Juvenile Court Judge Lindsay Burton.

October 13, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Broken Bonds: Foster kids have team working on placement

At 8:30 a.m., the briefs are organized and the coloring books are gathered. The robe goes on for Hall County Juvenile Court Judge Lindsay Burton.

October 13, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Foster care in crisis: Too many kids, too few homes

October 12, 2014 | By Jennifer Jacob Brown and Nick Watson jbrown@gainesvilletimes.com, nwatson@gainesvilletimes.com | Local


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